Windows 10 Technical Preview – Upgrading and Start Menu

I decided to be brave and upgrade my Surface Pro to the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Upon successfully installing I immediately¬†clicked on the windows button… only to notice the start screen/metro interface launched instead of the start menu, little confused.

It seems, well in my case you need to turn the start menu on.

Head to the Control Panel and open Taskbar and Navigation, click the Start Menu tab, tick Use Start menu instead of the Start screen.



Click ok, you will need to logoff and then log back in for the changes to take effect. Then BOOM clicking the windows button will now bring the start menu up. ūüôā


Updated: Windows 8 Customer Preview – “This app can’t open”

So I had a Acer netbook 10.1 lying around and thought I would attempt to install Windows 8 so I could get a true experience (minus the touchscreen) of the operating system.

All went well during the installation, until I decided to open up the Store and download some apps only to be greeted with “This app can’t open, The screen resolution is too low for this app to run, change your screen resolution” This¬†occurred¬†for any of the built in apps as well.

Easy to resolve I thought, I’ll just change my screen¬†resolution, except it was already set at the maximum resolution of 800×600.

Windows 8 even states on the screen resolution page that screen¬†resolutions¬†lower than 1024×768 that the apps may not open.

So to conclude Windows 8 seems like it doesn’t like devices with screen resolutions lower than 1024×768 to work properly. Not a big issue, I can still¬†continue¬†to test on VMware Workstation 8. If anyone does know a workaround please let me know (I haven’t done a lot of research for a solution).


It would seem¬†there’s¬†a way to change the resolution via the registry.

Change the “Display1_DownScalingSupported” setting

I would recommend backing up the registry first, and being careful… but seeing as your probably testing Windows 8 like me… you may just want to take the risk!

To do this, fire up the registry via Windows Key + R to get to the run box, type regedit and click ok.

Then CTRL + F to open the find box and type “Display1_DownScalingSupported” – click Find Next.

Once found you will need to change the value from 0 to 1. There may be more than one “Display1_DownScalingSupported” in the registry, so hit¬†F3 (find next) and change all the values from 0 to 1. On my netbook there was only one option. Others have¬†reported¬†more than one.

Once the values have been changed, restart the netbook and you should be able to change the resolution to a higher value.

Now the apps within Windows 8 should open! ūüôā

Windows update broken on XP – Install latest Windows Update Agent 3.0

Today one of my colleagues was trying to create an image of one of our new Dell machines whilst in the process he tried to use Windows Update and was instead redirected to Frustrated, we tried a different proxy server and at first thought it was WSUS causing the issue. Windows Update worked on other PCs no problems.

So we did some research on the Interweb and noticed a few posts by similiar people having the same issue. Seems to have happened over the last week by the sounds of it, have Microsoft broke something?

The fix is to either reinstall Service Pack 3 which is time consuming or obtain the latest Windows Update Agent 3.0 from which will resolve the issue.